Egypt triumphed in the swimming section of the second All-African Games at the National Stadium, Lagos.
Egypt triumphed in the swimming section of the second All-African Games at the National Stadium, Lagos. Egyptian swimmers won 18 gold medals, 10 silver and seven bronze.
Tunisia came second in the "medals race" - but a long way behind, with two gold, five silver and two bronze. Nigeria were third with one gold, five silver and four bronze.
SYNOPSIS: The start of the hundred metres men's freestyle in the All-Africa Games in Lagos. And it was start of a medal-winning streak for Egypt. Egyptian swimmers won a total of 35 medals - 18 gold, 10 silver and seven bronze. Their nearest rivals were Tunisia, with a total of nine - two gold, five silver and two bronze.
The hundred metres men's freestyle went to Eldin Alah Gabr of Egypt, in 55.8 seconds. Fellow Egyptian Ali Kinawi was second, and Ali Gharbi of Tunisia, third.
The women's hundred metres breast-stroke - and the Egyptian girls were out to show that they could do as well as their male compatriots. This big hope was Youna Elshenawy.
Another exciting finish - and another medal for Egypt. Youna Elshenawy won in 1 minute 26.9 seconds. Dalila Berriche of Tunisia was second, and Zambia's Clack Glynnu third.
The men's hundred metres relay, and once again Egypt lead the way. The Egyptian domination of the swimming events caused some hard thinking in the black African countries. During the games several of them got together and decided to form the Federation of West African Amateur Swimming Associations to improve standards generally. Egypt won the relay, with Algeria second and Nigeria third.
Winners' medals were presented by General Yakubu Gowon, the Nigerian Head of State.